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Mosquito FB VI NS913 crashed near Oue west of Hadsund 16/6 1944.
They crossed the Danish west coast at 10:34 hours at low level and
split up. Braham continued towards København while Herrick turned north towards
Aalborg flying in the clouds at 600 metres. Their approach had been noticed by
the Germans and fighters from Aalborg Ost were scrambled.
Pilot S/Ldr Michael J. Herrick RAF
Navigator F/O Aleksander Turski
By accident Herrick
was spotted as a shadow in the clouds while flying over a Fw 190 piloted by
Leutnant Robert Spreckels of 10./JG 11. Spreckles was based at Aalborg and had
been in one of those aircrafts that was scrambled. Herrick appeared to feel fairly
safe in the clouds and Spreckles followed him. When Spreckles had closed to
about 10 metres he fired a short bust that set the Mosquito on fire. Herrick
turned sharply left and by doing so came out of the clouds. Spreckles followed
the Mosquito close and saw something drop from the aircraft before it crashed in
a wood near Oue west of Hadsund.
Leutnant Robert Spreckels
Sources: Letter from Spreckles dated 6/5-68, Worsøe-Petersen of Ougaard Mill, VL,
AD, BF, KF, LBUK, Wojtek Matusiak.
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